June 22, 2012
Introductory Note: This is not a review of the episodes upon which this movie is based, nor is it a comparison with earlier interpretations of the source material. This is strictly a commentary on the the compilation.
Now, on to the review proper.
Flash Gordon the Movie consists of 3 episodes of the Flash Gordon TV series from the mid-1950's edited together into a single file. The source episodes are, in order in which they appear in this video:
36 - Deadline at Noon
39 - The Subworld Revenge
1 - The Planet of Death.
Changes to the original videos include an introductory title card Davidgc, modification to the Flash Gordon title card to include "the Movie," removal of "The End" title card from "Deadline at Noon" and "The Subworld Revenge," the removal of the introduction from "The Subworld Revenge," and "The Planet of Death," and "The Subworld Revenge," as well as the addition of episode titles (in color) to "The Subworld Revenge," and "The Planet of Death." Also, there was a final title card added listing this as a Davidgcs Productions 2012.
Considering that these three episodes do not make a contiguous story line, I am left to wonder why these three episodes were chosen for this movie. Putting the series finale in the middle of this triptych and the first episode at the end could not simply be arbitrary. However, it does nothing to improve the overall narrative.
The quality of the editing was acceptable; there was nothing here that makes is stand out as being exceptional. The use of color, even muted color for the inter-episode titles called more attention to itself than was necessary. The addition of the title cards was functional and acceptable as well.
Overall, based on the editing and work put in by Davidgc, this is an average production.
I look forward to seeing more of his work.